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On Friday, January 22, Axios' Joann Muller hosted a conversation on the future of electric vehicles in the U.S., featuring Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and SAFE founder and CEO Robbie Diamond.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow discussed legislation focusing on electric vehicle infrastructure, from charging stations across the country, to investing in the development of electric heavy-duty trucks and larger vehicles.

  • On the Biden administration's focus on electrification: "I'm very excited about the Biden administration's major push on electric charging stations...So people [can] feel comfortable that they can not only drive around town but can drive across the country and have the [infrastructural] support for that."
  • On how the government can learn from the private sector on spurring growth for electric vehicles: "Companies on their own are putting together incentives and support for folks who are doing grants or tax credits or supporting folks that are putting in the capacity to charge at home. I think we have to just get over this sense that this is hard. This is not hard."

Robbie Diamond unpacked the manufacturing supply chain in electric vehicle development and stressed the importance of diversifying sources for battery materials.

  • Why electricity is a flexible fuel source: "We had recommended that we diversify the fuel sources into our transportation sector. And one of the best ways to do that is through electric vehicles...because we produce electricity using so many different fuel sources."
  • On investment in electric vehicles as a part of international security: "When you begin to look at this, the control that China has over batteries and the supply chain of electric vehicles is way bigger than Saudi Arabia ever had or OPEC when it came to oil."

Axios Chief Revenue Officer Fabricio Drumond hosted a View from the Top segment with Ford Motor Company Americas and International Markets Group President Kumar Galhotra discussing the future of electric cars in the U.S. and the importance of the public and private sectors working together.

  • "This is the fuel of the future. And we don't want to get left behind because Europe and China already have very clearly articulated strategies for electrification [and] electric vehicles that we don't have yet. So it is very important for us, both the government, this administration, and automakers to accelerate electrification plans."

Thank you Ford Motor Company for sponsoring this event.

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Updated Apr 23, 2021 - Axios Events

Watch: A conversation on mobility in America

On Friday, April 23, Axios transportation correspondent Joann Muller and business reporter Erica Pandey unpacked autonomous and electric vehicles' role in the future of safe transportation and their potential for social good, featuring Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and San Francisco-Marin Food Bank executive director Tanis Crosby.

Secretary Buttigieg discussed the potential for electric vehicles to reshape American transportation, highlighting the federal government's investment in making them accessible and building out a network of charging stations across the country.

  • On federal support for making electric vehicles accessible and affordable: "Electric vehicles can't be a luxury item if we really want to recognize that they're the future of car transportation and critically position the US to be leading the world in manufacturing them...That does mean taking action to make sure that they are more affordable."
  • On the climate and economic implications of electric vehicles: "It's actually in their areas where people rely on vehicles the most, where they drive the longest distances and therefore spend the greatest amount of money on things like fuel...[where] we actually could have the most to gain. We're definitely continuing to communicate the economic potential as well as the climate potential of this."

Tanis Crosby discussed how autonomous vehicles have helped to expand grocery access to people with mobility issues during the pandemic.

  • On how technology can be leveraged for social good in the non-profit sector: "We are delivering groceries to people with mobility concerns, to people who would otherwise not be able to access service. So it's not just about using technology, it's about leveraging it to drive change."
  • How autonomous vehicles directly helped to meet the food bank's growing need: "Linking autonomous vehicles with the delivery of food...was so pivotal in making real our home delivery grocery program. Before the pandemic, we were helping about 200 households a week, and as a result of the pandemic that surged to upwards of 12,000 households a week."

Axios CEO and co-founder Jim VandeHei hosted a View from the Top segment with Cruise CEO Dan Ammann, who discussed the wide-ranging positive impact of autonomous vehicles.

  • "Self-driving technology has the opportunity to have a huge positive impact on sustainability...also in terms of accessibility and affordability of transportation, making our streets safer, and enabling everybody to get around."

Thank you Cruise for sponsoring this event.

Norway's prime minister on her country's love of EVs

Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg gestures speaks during the Government's press conference on reopening society after the coronavirus Covid-19 lockdown on May 7, 2020. Photo by Fredrik Hagen/NTB Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images)

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg says electric vehicles have become a status symbol in her country, with widespread adoption spurred by government policies.

Why it matters: As shown in the viral Super Bowl commercials starring Will Ferrell, Norway is a potential model for implementing policy incentives that other countries might choose to follow to increase the adoption of electric vehicles.

Biden pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 52% by 2030

U.S. President Joe Biden seen in the Oval Office on April 15. (Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images)

The Biden administration is moving to address global warming by setting a new, economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 50% to 52% below 2005 levels by 2030.

Why it matters: The new, non-binding target is about twice as ambitious as the previous U.S. target of a 26% to 28% cut by 2025, which was set during the Obama administration. White House officials described the goal as ambitious but achievable during a call with reporters Tuesday night.